On Africa’s Doorstep

A Zika virus outbreak in Cape Verde, just a short flight from Senegal, has been traced to the Asian strain spreading in the Americas.

The outbreak, which began in October 2015, includes 7,557 suspected cases—180 of them in pregnant women. 3 Zika-linked microcephaly cases have been reported on the island.

Genetic sequencing tests performed by scientists at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar confirmed the strain involved and said it was probably imported from Brazil, the WHO said on Friday.


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